[rabbitmq-discuss] connecting to multiple rabbitmq servers (point-multipoint)

Matthias Radestock matthias at lshift.net
Mon Feb 8 21:01:32 GMT 2010


Guillem Corominas wrote:
> Yesterday I noticed that when the consumer stops receiving messages, the 
> rabbitmqctl list_connections shows that the connection no longer exists. 
> However in the Java Client, the Connection object and it's associated 
> Channel objects don't seem to notice about that. I tried logging it's 
> status by printing if either the Connection or the Channel is null, or 
> if any of those isOpen(), but they says they are both open. The client 
> doesn't seem to notice that the connection is down.

What you are seeing is not uncommon in TCP/IP networks - it can take a 
while (minutes, sometimes hours) for both sides of a dead connection to 
realise the connection is down.

> How can I ask the client about the connection in order to realize that 
> it's eventually down and it needs to be reconnected?

AMQP contains a mechanism to deal with the above situation: heartbeats. 
By default they are turned off but can be enabled by the client during 
connection establishment. See



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